The Sound of Syria

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b090293d Four Thought Syrian qanun virtuoso Maya Youssef explains why - to her - music is "the opposite of death" in this powerful and poignant talk. Producer: Richard...

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Travelling Heritage Bureau

  The first workshop held at the Portico Library Manchester, with Digital Women's Archive North, to launch the project with international women artists, based in Manchester. A series of workshops led by Jenna Ashton, will follow, in a variety of museum, gallery and...

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Choman Hardi

  On the 8th October 2016 I met Choman Hardi. She was reading her poetry at the Winchester Poetry Festival. Then I felt my skin prick and my breath stop. She was born in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her family  fled to Iran, returning to Iraq when she was 5 years old, only to...

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Syrian stitching

  The women from Syria are becoming close friends. We have an increasing closeness. They always smile and laugh, whilst you know full well there is a daily struggle and background of loss. I am struck by their hospitality and openness. Here they invite us to their...

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Quiet protest

It was the last Making Common Ground workshop on Friday. We welcomed 6 new members to the group and 6 from previous sessions, so this was our biggest set of stitchers so far. This week’s conversations were just as interesting and far-reaching. We spoke about stitch as...

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